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Playing With Flock Again…

I am playing with Flock again. One key reason, and it’s not related to my Firefox memory post from yesterday. I need an easy way to upload pics to my Flickr account. Supposedly, Flock makes uploading pics to Flickr (or any service) easy. If that is the case, I might be using a new browser. At the least, if Flock works well for uploading to Flickr it might be my new tool for uploading pics to Flickr.

Check back for more on the subject.

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How much memory does Firefox use…

We all know that Firefox is a memory hog? Not necessarily in a bad way. I’ve got about 25+ tabs open. I understand that takes a lot of memory. My problem is that I’ll open Firefox and won’t close it for days. Eventually, it just locks up and I have to kill it. I can tell it’s about time for Firefox to crash (see the stats in this top screenshot).

How much memory is Firefox taking on your system, how many tabs do you have open, and how long do you keep it running?

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Stealing WiFi…

I was listening to episode 59 of TWiT and they got into a discussion on open public wifi. They didn’t go into much detail on if it’s right or wrong to use an open wifi network. Leo made his stance known that he thinks if the network is open it’s not stealing to use it.

I was listening, while jogging, so I had the time to over-consider the concept and I’ve made my decision. Using an open wifi network IS STEALING. I’ve got many points backing up my logic. First, somebody is paying for that service. Did you get permission to use it? If not, then you have no right to use it. The person/business that has left the signal open might not mind you using the network access, but without asking you’re just stealing.

Another thought I had was the idea that you have “stumbled across” the free wifi. Kind of just found it in the street, if you will. And if you think of other things, that people own or have paid for, and might leave in the street how would you feel about picking them up/using them/taking them. If you find a car unlocked in the street can you just use it/borrow it without asking? What if you find a wallet in the street? Is it yours to take and have what’s in it? Probably not, with the wallet. You’d most likely try to contact whoever the wallet belongs to and return it.

Anyhow, I’m not saying that I haven’t and don’t use open public wifi when I stumble across it, without getting permission first. I’m just saying the logic that, “hey, they should have secured it, they should lock it down,” isn’t probably good enough to use the connectivity. I’m guessing the lawmakers will take a stance on this and it will make the topic even more interesting.

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Got my Ubuntu CD in the Mail…

I got my Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CD in the mail yesterday, Tuesday. The disc looks good, very professional. It has some marketing “stuff” on it. How to use the CD, what Ubuntu is, etc. It also included some cool Ubuntu stickers. I immediately stuck one on my desktop.

Here is a funny thought. Imagine the world if Microsoft burned Win XP CDs and sent them out to everyone in the world, FREE OF CHARGE, that simply clicked a button on their website requesting one.

That is what Ubuntu is doing. You visit shipit.ubuntu.com and select how many FREE CDs you want, give and address, and get your CDs 4 weeks later. Amazing!

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Why Mac OS X Sucks…

I used a Mac for just over a year. There were things I really loved (UNIX behind the scenes, power mgmt on my laptop) but for the most part the UI for OS X drove me nuts and the mouse/keyboard sucked. I think I agree with just about every single point C├ędric Beust made in his post on his experiences with switching to a Mac.

I’ve been Mac free for about 10 months, and Windows free for 7 weeks. I’ve got new problems with Ubuntu that I never had with OS X or Win XP but I don’t see myself going back to either any time in the near future.

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Still Tweaking my Ubuntu Install…

I made the switch to Ubuntu exactly 6 weeks ago and have not looked back. I’m, for the most part, very happy. I still have a handful of things I’m trying to get past.

Here is the list without any order/precedence placed on the items.
1. Need to get dual monitors working.
2. Network printing/printers
3. QuickTime?
4. iTunes/iPod
5. What to do with my Palm Pilot and it’s data
6. Using apt-get behind a nasty firewall
7. How to talk to people on AIM via Gaim when behind firewall
8. Write to a NTFS external usb drive
9. ssh through the same ugly firewall I’ve been mentioning throughout this list.

So a number of these items (6, 7, 9) would be issues on a Win XP box and I understand that. I’ll let them sit without getting to angry over them. However, the fact that it’s been 6 weeks and I can’t get dual-monitors working is VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

As a Win XP laptop I could go to work and use one external monitor, then I could go home and plug in a different external monitor. This just worked. Simple. Easy. The fact that with linux this has to be so damn hard is one of the reasons linux will not make it into the corporate desktop environment.

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Great Ubuntu Dapper Resource…

I just came across a great Ubuntu Dapper resource. Check out, “Prepping Ubuntu for Everyday Use – 25 tips to make Ubuntu 6.06 LTS perfect” by Keir Thomas. I’m guessing it’s a teaser to help sell the related book, “Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional”. As good as the tips are I’m sure the book is awesome. I’ll be getting mine from nerdbooks where it’s almost $6 cheaper then amazon..

The tips site was good enough that I was able to get my Broadcom BCM4318 wifi card up and running with ease. So cross that off my Ubuntu TODO list. Now, I need to get dual monitor support working.

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CPU Frequency Scaling Unsupported

CPU Frequency Scaling Unsupported

CPU Frequency Scaling Unsupported

Originally uploaded by Erik Weibust.

I am still fighting to get my Ubuntu Dapper install working correctly on my HP Pavilion zd8000. I am having problems with my machine locking up with a blank screen. I really think it is related to my cpu overheating. I would love a way to prove it. In debugging the problem I added a CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor. It shows my cpu constantly running at full power. Also, it gives me this dang error message every time I reboot.

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Running Win XP inside Ubuntu…

VMware Screenshot

VMware Screenshot

Originally uploaded by Erik Weibust.

I can cross one item off my Ubuntu TODO list. I needed to install VMware and get Win XP running. This screenshot shows I’ve done that.

Now, if I could only get my wifi up and get past this cpu overheating issue that is causing my machine to lockup. I can only allow myself the rest of this week to get past these two issues or it’s back to Win XP.

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Laptop CPU Overheating with Ubuntu?

The last couple days I’ve seen some strange behavior from my laptop. It has locked up twice and another time, as I was using it, all my apps started shutting down. Wanting to know what was going on I checked /var/log/messages hoping to see a big error. Nothing. I did see a bunch of stats getting spit out about cpu and memory temperatures. Here is a snippet:

May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] DMA32 per-cpu: empty
May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] Normal per-cpu:
May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] cpu 0 hot: low 0, high 186, batch 31 used:34
May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] cpu 0 cold: low 0, high 62, batch 15 used:52
May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] cpu 1 hot: low 0, high 186, batch 31 used:166
May 28 00:03:30 hplaptop kernel: [4304902.136000] cpu 1 cold: low 0, high 62, batch 15 used:51

The alarming thing is the high 186 entry. Could this mean my laptop cpu is overheating? One complaint about my laptop is the fan runs dang near 24×7. Any ideas how to better diagnose this?